I'm a computer geek who absolutely loves all things tech, and equally loves to share what I learn in the tech space.
There has been a huge push to get people into the tech industry by learning to code. Because of that, there have been tons of coding boot camps and online coding resources that have popped up over the years.
If you're considering getting on the bandwagon, it can be very confusing, especially when you're just starting to learn all of this. So, I've created this article to give you a baseline of understanding some of the ways that your life can be impacted if you think you might want to learn to code . . .
1. Many Job Opportunities
There are currently millions of software-related tech jobs open, and there aren't enough qualified people to fill those positions, even with the advent of coding boot camps.
2. Higher Than Average Salaries
You probably already know that software developers, web developers, software engineers, etc., command decent starting salaries and eventually are able to get a higher salary. Look at the earning potential of everyone who knows how to code, from a junior level front end developer to Bill Gates, there's always good money in being able to write code.
3. Low Barrier to Entry
It may surprise many people to learn software development does not require a college degree—at least, not any more. This is the exact reason why there are so many coding boot camps and online coding resources in existence today.
These days, you don't have to get a lengthy and expensive computer science degree, you can go to a short-term coding boot camp if you've got the cash, and you can also be a self-taught developer with as little as $25 a month and a strong work ethic and will power—they are ALL successful at getting software jobs.
There are tons of sites, books and physical programs (coding boot camps) dedicated to teaching people how to code and become software developers. Even high profile tech industry giants like Google and Microsoft have said they hire people who can code without college degrees, and they will continue to do so.
The First Day on the Job for a Self-Taught Web Developer
4. Tech Industry Is Hot, Growing, and Worldwide
The Technology Industry (Tech Industry) is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, not just the United States. All of the products and devices that rely on code to run are located all over the planet. If you're looking to relocate to a different country, knowing how to code might help you get that job in a different country, because of the need for software development worldwide.
5. Computer Code Is Everywhere
The world runs on computer code. You don't have to agree with this, but it still doesn't change the fact. Everything, and I do mean everything, can be affected by code. For example, my daughter's refrigerator has a web browser encased in the door, and there are many items from watches and cell phones to automobiles and airplanes that all include computer code. If you become a software developer, you could be the one writing that code.
6. Work in Any Industry
Even outside of the traditional tech industry jobs, there are tons of jobs in other sectors that require technical skills. Think about it; healthcare, restaurants, automotive, entertainment, etc. Every single industry in existence needs and/or already has a website, apps, an I.T. department, etc.
7. Decent Benefits and Perks
Tech companies can typically afford to reward their employees with far better benefits than most companies. Additionally, tech companies tend to offer perks that regular companies never offer, such as technologically advanced workplaces, in-house cafeterias (many Silicon Valley area tech companies offer free food), break rooms complete with a gaming console, in-house fitness facilities, etc.
8. Work From Home
There is no need for someone who knows how to code to work in an office. Because tech companies tend to be forward-thinking, there are many jobs available where you can work from home.
9. Be a Digital Nomad
In much the same tradition as having the opportunity to work from home, if you are a software developer who focuses on web development, the only things you need to be able to complete your work is a laptop and a decent Internet connection.
10. Be an Entrepreneur
You can easily work for yourself by opening your own web development studio or becoming a freelancer. All you really need is a laptop, a good Internet connection, a will to learn entrepreneurial skills, and CODING SKILLS. (lol!)
You clearly can see that becoming a software developer can offer high pay, job security, and job flexibility. The only way to become a software developer is to learn to code, and learning to code can truly change your life.
If you're interested in becoming a software developer, one of the easiest ways to to get into the field is web development, check out my article "Everything You Need to Know to Become a Front End Developer."
As always, hit me up in the comments if you have questions . . . I wish you the very best of luck!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.